Intergenerational Communication – an interdisciplinary mapping review of research between 1996 and 2017

James Law, Tony Young, Joana Almeida, Samuel Ginja

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Concerns have been raised regarding the limited opportunities for intergenerational communication both outside and within the family. This “mapping review” draws together empirical literature in the topic published since 1996. Three hundred and twenty-four published studies met inclusion criteria, based on abstract review. The contents of each study were subjected to thematic analysis and nine broad themes emerged. These were (1) Dynamics of relationships, (2) Health & Well-being, (3) Learning & Literacy, (4) Attitudes, (5) Culture, (6) Digital, (7) Space, (8) Professional Development, and (9) Gender & Sexual Orientation. Studies commonly intersected disciplinary research areas. There was a marked rise across three key academic journals since 2007. An emergent finding was that a third of the studies relate to programs addressing intergenerational interventions, but many of these were primarily descriptive and failed to specify a primary outcome. Review implications and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-310
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Issue number3
Early online date31 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished online - 31 Jul 2019


  • Intergenerational research
  • Relationships
  • programmes
  • Interventions
  • relationships
  • interventions
  • programs
  • communication


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